Flu Watch 2012-13: South Dakota (9 Deaths, so Far)

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    Flu Watch 2012-13: South Dakota

    It’s that time of year again. There are reports this flu season is starting earlier with an increased number of cases. Remember that the young (up to 20’s), the elderly and pregnant moms-to-be are MOST vulnerable. You may want to consider reviewing your cough/cold/flu supplies and stocking them NOW.


    Hat tip to ‘Pixie’ over at PandemicFluInformation

    Pennington resident SD’s first flu death of season

    Dec 7, 2012 2:48pm

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials have reported the state’s first flu death of the season.

    The Pennington County resident age 90-99 had influenza B and was hospitalized.

    South Dakota year to date has reported 156 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu and 28 flu-related hospitalizations.

    State Epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says the death is a reminder that flu can be a very serious illness, particularly for elderly individuals. He says annual vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu, and annual vaccination is recommended particularly for people over 50.

    Also at higher risk are pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, health-care workers and household contacts of high risk populations. Children are another high risk group.

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